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Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again

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Here's what Wikipedia says about Lemon Curd... "In late 19th and early 20th century England, home-made lemon curd was traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea as an alternative to jam, and as a filling for cakes, small pastries and tarts. Homemade lemon curd was usually made in relatively small amounts as it did not keep as well as jam. In more modern times larger quantities are feasible because of the use of refrigeration. Commercially manufactured curds often contain additional preservatives and thickening agents."

It's that final sentence they got wrong! It should read... "Commercial Lemon Curd is like treading in something nasty... it's unpleasant and you wish you hadn't done it!". And yet, home made Lemon Curd is so easy to make that it's laughable! Here's the recipe my Mom always used... darn good it is too!

      Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients for Lemon Curd

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1 lb
6 oz


How to Cook Lemon Curd

  1. Warm the lemons just a little above room temperature then finely grate (shred) the thin yellow outer skin (the zest). Squeeze the lemon juice into a dish or bowl and, in another bowl, beat the eggs.
  2. Melt the butter gently into a large saucepan (do not overheat it). Add the sugar, lemon juice and zest and stir over a low heat until dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and fold in the beaten eggs. Replace the pan (still on low heat) and stir until the mixture thickens (do not allow to boil).
  3. That's all there is to it. Just pour the mixture into screw top jars and it will keep in the fridge for weeks (but maybe not for months). Serve on warm crusty bread or on Easybake Scones

You will have to trust me on this one... GIVE AWAY a few jars of fresh Lemon Curd to your friends and they'll keep coming back and asking you either for the recipe or when do you plan making more... and it's so simple!!
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Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again August 01 2014
My mom learned how to make lemon curd from her (English) mom, and I used to love it as a kid. Sadly, when my mom passed, I never knew the recipe and commercial lemon curd is horrible. So i thought I'd try this recipe because it looks really easy. And it was. And it tastes EXACTLY like the wonderful lemon curd I used to have as a child. I can't tell you how happy I am. Now I'm going to make sure I pass this recipe down to my kids so they can enjoy it too.
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